Design Diary: Desk Refresh for Zooming

Are you still Zoom-ing? Did you re-adjust your workspace to make it easier?I know you spruced up your backgrounds (I hope so anyway), but what about the nuts and bolts of the computer and iPhone situations?

When StyleCarrot partner (and Boston-based company) Wayfair suggested we collaborate on a sponsored office envy post for a desk refresh this fall, I  realized it was time to ditch my yoga blocks and other precarious props for more stable desk accessories

I found a couple of desk accessories on Wayfair that allow me to work remotely with ease (and beauty). As you’ll see from the images, I did not need a desk or desk chair, but I discovered some tech accoutrements in the school furniture and business furniture sections. And I certainly took up the opportunity to prettify the decor.

Here’s the setup in my workspace. When I’m recording a webinar, which I prefer to do in my dining room, I can easily bring my new laptop lift and collapsible phone stand downstairs. (And, I use it by my bedstand at night.) The faceted vase makes the trip too, looking gorgeous in my art and floral-filled background.

Desk Setup For Zoom Meetings

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Desk Setup With Iphone Stand For Zoom Meetings

Desk Setup For Zoom Meetings

Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot, LLC

I’ve done two webinars for Boston Globe Magazine—one with Boston designer Holly Gagne detailing how to create a calm space in your chaotic home and the other with New England designers Jodi Schwartz, Tyler Karu, and Heather Alton on kitchen redesign tip. These would have come in handy. Well, I’m prepared for the next one.

Desk Tech Accessories From Wayfair

1 Origami-Inspired Ceramic Vase
2 Multipurpose Monitor Stand
3 Foldable Universal Phone Holder

Get the Look: 30 Rattan Mirrors from Bohemian to Coastal

Were you feeling inspired by the patio makeover by Robin M. Anderson I posted last time? I mean seriously, how could you not be? We didn’t use our patio as much as we might have this summer, but now that there’s a slight chill, we’re making use of the gas fire pit we added earlier this year.

I posted shopping sources for the post, but the rattan mirror is such a fun touch, and so versatile, that I wanted to elaborate. You can go total boho with a rattan mirror, or use a more tailored rattan mirror to just add a touch of texture to a more formal space. A swirly rattan mirror would look adorable in a little girl’s room and a rattan mirror with an Art Deco vibe can infuse style and function to an entry.  Perhaps your teen would like a rattan mirror in the shape of an evil eye.

I was actually surprised with just how many rattan mirror styles are available out there. Below are 30 rattan mirrors from Style Carrot partners to try. You might also want to check out my post on rattan headboards, capiz shell chandeliers, and round jute rugs.

Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Serena & Lily Home Furnishings & Accessories In Every Color

Just In: It’s the Last Day of the Serena & Lily Bedroom Sale

Is your bedroom a haven? It should be, especially if your kids will be homebound this fall.  StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily is having a sale on pretty much everything you would want for a serene bedroom makeover.

All bedding, beds, headboards, nightstands, and dressers are on sale at Serena & Lily through the end of Tuesday, August 18, 2020. They’ve also jintroduced 150+ new arrivals across multiple categories, including bedding, sofas, outdoor furniture, wallpaper, and accessories.

Serena & Lily’s coastal Cali vibe meshes well with New England coastal sensibilities and can freshen up tired, traditional decor too.

Blue & White Bedroom With Coastal California Vibe By Serena & Lily

The above bedroom features Serena & Lily’s new Gardenside grasscloth wallcovering in Vintage Indigo and the Sunwashed Riviera backless bench in Pacific. 

Blue & White Bedroom With Canopy Bed By Serena & Lily

This dreamy bedroom features Serena & Lily’s Driftway one-drawer nightstand hand-wrapped in pretty powder blue linen, which is on sale, Pesaro wallpaper, and Avondale martini table in hand-hammered antique brass, and the Whitaker Four Poster bed in salt-washed oak, also on sale.

Here are some other favorite bedroom furniture and blue & white bedding picks from the Serena & Lily Bedroom Boutique sale:

Serena & Lily Beds Nightstands Dressers Chests

1. Balboa Bed  / 2. Tall Broderick Bed  / 3. Harbour Cane Bed /  4. Hunter Side Table / 5. Blake Raffia One-Drawer Nightstand   / 6. St. Germain Stone Side Table  / 7. Balboa Wide Dresser  / 8. Blake Wide Dresser  / 9. Pierson Tall Dresser

Serena & Lily Blue & White Bedding

1. Gingham Shams / 2. Positano Linen Shams / 3. Soho Shams / 4. Beach Club Sheet Set / 5. Positano Linen Sheet Set / 6. Soho Sheet Set / 7. Almonte Quilt / 8. Montauk Coverlet / 9. Sandpiper Quilt

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Get your garden in gear with StyleCarrot partner Terrain >

Get the Look: 50 Modern Cane Chairs

Cane chairs have widespread versatility. They work with traditional, transitional, modern, and contemporary decor, in urban, suburban, country, mountain, and coastal environments. If you’re wondering, cane is the exterior skin of the rattan stalk, which grows in Asia and Africa.

Cane furniture was made as early as the 2nd century in India and China. However, cane furniture didn’t become popular in Europe until in the mid- 17th century, when the East India Company imported it.

Cane was typically used for seating by that time, though a woven cane bed was buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1323 BCE. Fast forward to the Anglo-Indian style of cane chair, then thank Michael Thonet for his modern application. Thonet’s No. 14 bentwood  café chair remains a staple today.

Le Corbusier  said this about Thonet’s revolutionary chair:  “Never was a better and more elegant design and a more precisely crafted and practical item created.”

Here is a range of cane seating. There are casual coastal cane pieces perfect for a beach house on either coast; country chair styles with cane seats; Scandinavian style cane chairs that take inspiration from mid-century modern influences; and elegant cane chairs suitable for urban applications.

Shop 50 styles of cane chairs from StyleCarrot partners:

Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair

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Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair

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Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair

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Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair

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Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair

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Modern Cane Dining Chair Lounge Chair45 / 46 / 47 / 48 / 49  / 50

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Serena & Lily Coastal Calif Furnishings

Just In: Serena & Lily Spring Sale

Update your space for spring. The sale is on at Style Carrot partner Serena & Lily!

Known for their easy, breezy take on casual and comfortable  furniture, dreamy bedding, distinctive lighting, and well-made accessories, Serena & Lily offers pretty much everything you need for a fresh, California-meets-New England coastal modern home.

Get 20% off just about everything at Serena & Lily – furniture, accessories, bedding,  lighting, etc. (but NOT art, gift certificates, or that bike) through March 16, 2020. Use code FRESHMIX to save.

Here’s a selection of dining chairs, stools, and counter stools. Swap out your old ones or just add one or two new. There are crisp whites, nautical blues, and textural natural fiber choices.

Serena & Lily Spring Sale Dining Chairs Counter Stools

1 Rattan Swivel Counter Stool
2 Windsor Counter Stool
3 Bistro Counter Stool
4 Rattan Back Counter Stool
5 Bistro Counter Stool
6 Woven Banana Leaf Counter Stool
7 Backless Bistro Stool
8 Striped Woven Abaca Counter Stool
9 Dipped Backless Stool
10 White Windsor Chair
11 Dipped Backless Stool
12 Dipped Backless Stool